International Student Exchange Program

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Welcome to the International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP) at Colorado Mesa University! CMU faculty and administration understand the value of an international study experience.

ISEP is a membership-based organization that coordinates university-level student exchanges in a network of over 150 universities in 52 countries. CMU has been part of the ISEP network since 2010.


So, Where Will You Go?

Ready to take your education to a global level? Consider spending a semester or full year abroad, and get ready for the experience of a lifetime!  There are several ways to participate in ISEP. Begin your search at Review the information on this webpage and in the links at the left, and watch for on campus ISEP information sessions each semester. 

  • CMU students exchange sites with students from international member universities for a semester or a year.
  • Outgoing students pay CMU tuition and fees (for 15 credit hours based on the student's tuition classification), housing and meal costs.
  • Incoming students pay their home university's costs for tuition, fees, meals and housing.
  • Placements in some countries (i.e., United Kingdom, Malta, New Zealand, and Australia) can be very competitive and students may not receive their first choice placement.
  • It is unlikely for two CMU students to be placed together at the same host university.
  • $100 non-refundable application fee.
  • $325 non-refundable placement fee at the time you accept placement.
  • See the ISEP Exchange Webpage for more information.
  • Students enroll directly in the host university and pay a program fee to ISEP, which varies depending on the program but is generally more expensive per semester than CMU.
  • The Direct Program Fee covers the costs of tuition, orientation and student services at the host university, and in some cases, meals and/or housing as well.
  • Students are very likely to get placed at their first choice location when going Direct.
  • A good option for those wishing to study abroad with a friend.
  • $100 non-refundable application fee
  • $325 non-refundable placement fee at the time you accept placement
  • See the ISEP Direct Webpage for more information.
  • Perfect for students who are not able to go abroad for a whole semester or year.
  • Check out the ISEP Website for more info.

Eligibility to Participate

To be eligible for an ISEP program students must have at least a sophomore standing and a 2.75 GPA or higher. Some programs have stricter requirements. Students interested in applying must be approved by the Office of International Student Admissions and Programs at CMU. Learn more at or email

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